Marcos, a mechanic with two children and Patricia, a domestic help with three children, are two residents of the Vila Autódromo, a small favela in Rio’s east. There is no school, no doctor, no connection to the sanitary system and the electricity is tapped illegally. In total, 500 families are living next to a gigantic construction site for the 2016 Olympics.
Next to Vila Autódromo, the Olympic Park is under construction. Almost two years ago, the race track “Autódromo de Jacarepaguá” was destroyed so the building work could begin. The city plans to construct a major road at the location of the favela.
The current residents have to leave. The administration offers them new homes in a new neighbourhood named Parque Carioca, a promise that has provoked a controversy among the inhabitants.